Patents by Inventor James B. Archibald

James B. Archibald has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 5795988
    Abstract: A low-cost gyroscope can provide an output approaching the accuracy of more precise instruments by processing the gyroscope output signal. First, a calibration algorithm develops a set of coefficients to predict drift. Second, an adaptive operational algorithm updates the coefficients during periods of inactivity and filters out high and low frequency noise components. An accurate, low-cost, rugged aiming device for a weapon can be realized with a simple, relatively-inexpensive gyroscope by utilizing the foregoing algorithms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 18, 1998
    Assignee: AlliedSignal Inc.
    Inventors: Pei-hwa Lo, Peter Halatyn, Eric Geoca, James B. Archibald
  • Patent number: 5504401
    Abstract: A transformer-less electronic ballast for a gas-discharge lighting system having a power amplifier, with an input, driving a gas-discharge lamp in combination with reactive elements to form a resonant load. The lighting system includes a resistor for sensing current flowing in the resonant load, a comparator having an output coupled to the input of the power amplifier, a non-inverting input coupled to the resistor, and an inverting input coupled to the output of a ramp generator, polarity of the ramp signal being dependent on the output of the comparator. The comparator generates a first signal that is amplified by the power amplifier and applied to the load. The ramp generator generates a ramp signal in response to the first signal. The first signal is asserted by the comparator when the sensed current flowing in the load differs from the ramp signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 2, 1996
    Assignee: AT&T Corp.
    Inventors: James B. Archibald, John K. Moriarty, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5491445
    Abstract: A booster power converter particularly suited for an automobile and having a compensation network that responds to a sudden negative input voltage excursion. The booster power converter responds to the negative input excursion by preventing its boosted output from falling below a predetermined voltage level so that voltage regulators, normally connected to the output stage of the booster power converter, are not distrupted in performing their desired regulation. The compensation network, upon sensing a decrease of the booster voltage below a predetermined lower limit, generates a control signal which causes the booster power converter to seek and obtain a maximum duty cycle operation. Upon sensing an increase of the booster voltage above a predetermined upper limit, the compensation network removes the control signal causing the booster power converter to cease operation at its maximum duty cycle, and return to its normal duty cycle of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 13, 1996
    Assignee: Delco Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: David D. Moller, James B. Archibald
  • Patent number: 5430340
    Abstract: In a dynamoelectric generator, a low-resistance electrical contact is provided by using a spring below the rotor slot wedges to bias the wedges against the overlapping retaining rings. This biased contact between the wedges and retaining rings forms a conductive current path for high-frequency eddy currents induced on the surface of the rotor and retaining rings at all operating speeds and at rotor standstill. In addition, the spring reduces gauling between the rotor key slots, wedges and retaining ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 4, 1995
    Assignee: General Electric Co.
    Inventors: True T. Shih, James B. Archibald, James F. Hopeck, Thomas B. Jenkins
  • Patent number: 5358432
    Abstract: A connector design for connecting rotor coil end turns and an exciter/rectifier assembly to a rotor bore copper conductor in a dynamoelectric machine. The design includes a terminal stud or pin sized to be closely received in a telescoping manner in a cylindrical receptacle which is fixedly attached to the rotor windings. A similar cylindrical receptacle extends from the other end of the rotor toward the exciter/rectifier assembly. The stud or pin in each case is also modified to include grooves for accepting resilient, sliding electrical contacts so that a resilient electrical contact is obtained when the stud is positioned within the receptacle. The connector elements are also sufficiently rigid as to withstand shock, centrifugal forces at operational speeds, and rotation direction reversal, but which also allows sufficient radial and axial movement to accommodate coil movement associated with rotor temperature and speed changes while simultaneously maintaining a low resistance current path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 25, 1994
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: True T. Shih, James B. Archibald, Thomas B. Jenkins, Frederick J. Rink, Jr., Paul C. Rasmussen, James F. Hopeck, Robert Nygard
  • Patent number: 5122696
    Abstract: A flexible main lead connector design for connecting an end turn of a rotor winding of a generator/motor to a terminal stud. The connector includes a first elongate, radially directed, conductive member attached to the rotor winding and a second elongate conductor member connected to the centralized terminal stud. The first conductive member has an inverted "T" shape with its base tapering from a relatively thick central portion to relatively thin outer portions. The second conductor member has a central "T" shaped portion and two relatively thin peripheral band portions shaped to generally follow the side and lower top surfaces of the central "T" shaped portion. The bands continue in a curved manner toward and join with the relatively thin outer portions of the first conductive member and thus form a flexible connector allowing relative movement between the first and second conductive members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 16, 1992
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: True T. Shih, James B. Archibald
  • Patent number: 5113114
    Abstract: In a dynamoelectric generator, a low-resistance electrical contact is provided by a multilam or belleville spring mounted between the outer surface of the rotor body and an overlapping retaining ring. This contact forms a conductive current path for high-frequency eddy currents induced on the surface of the rotor and retaining rings at all operating speeds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1992
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: True T. Shih, Manoj R. Shah, James B. Archibald
  • Patent number: 4948996
    Abstract: Cooling means are provided for directly cooling the bore bus bars which connect a direct current exciter such as a bore pack exciter to the field of an electric power generator. Two bore bus bars are separated by an insulating sheet have a circular cross section, and are surrounded by an insulating cylinder. The bore bus bars include an axially extending slot adjacent the insulation to form passageways through which cooling gas flows to directly cool the bus bars and pass through the generator to the cooling unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 14, 1990
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: James B. Archibald, Paul C. Rasmussen, Kirk G. O'Brien
  • Patent number: 4904890
    Abstract: A gas cooling system for a bore pack exciter for a power generator in which high velocity, colder cooling gas is obtained from the region within the generator where the entering cooling gas is impelled by the generator fan, and means to direct part of that cooling gas from that flow through the bore pack exciter before return to the interior of the generator for recycling through the cooling unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 1989
    Date of Patent: February 27, 1990
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: James B. Archibald, Ernest L. Moore, Richard N. Dawson, Kenneth G. Herd
  • Patent number: 4854034
    Abstract: A stator of a dynamoelectric machine is preassembled using guidance members which are disposed at a skew angle with respect to a central axis of the stator. The outer perimeter of the preassembled elements is then machined to form guidance elements disposed parallel to a central axis of the stator. Then, the preassembled elements are mounted in a frame on further guidance elements disposed parallel to the central axis of the stator. During final assembly, axial compression forces act parallel to guidance forces, whereby hanging up is avoided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 8, 1989
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: James B. Archibald, Steven L. Adams
  • Patent number: 4682064
    Abstract: In a dynamoelectric machine having an annular stator core and a cylindrical rotor for concentric rotation therein, and defining a gap region between the rotor and the stator core, a baffle disposed in the gap region includes a shell member which circumferentially surrounds the rotor and includes a respective radial outwardly extending annular flange member at both its inner and outer axial end. An annular plate at the outer axial end abuts the axial outer flange and is radially adjustably secured to the stator. The axial inner flange comprises a flexible material, such as silicone rubber, and engages the stator in gas flow sealing relationship. An outer second passage disposed between the baffle and the stator is axially sealed off from the gap region by the flexible flange, thereby diverting gas in the outer passage to at least one coolant passage in the stator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1986
    Date of Patent: July 21, 1987
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Kim H. Crounse, James B. Archibald
  • Patent number: 4642498
    Abstract: A common neutral bus is formed in a lower frame extension of a large three-phase generator by disposing three sets of neutral current transformers within the lower frame extension and interconnecting the three phases downstream of the neutral current transformers to form an internal neutral bus. The neutral bus is connected to an external neutral transformer through a neutral terminal of small size and low cost. Clamshell clamps are provided in the internal neutral bus for isolating the neutral ends of the generator winding for test purposes. Rigid support of the current transformers and a hollow copper tube passing therethrough permits use of light and low-cost hollow copper tubing in place of the relatively substantial and expensive neutral terminals conventionally required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1985
    Date of Patent: February 10, 1987
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: James B. Archibald, Frederick J. Rink, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4519669
    Abstract: A braid clamp for generator shaft voltage and current pickup employs a compound lever for forcibly locking clamping faces of a compound action clamping block into firm contact with a portion of a metallic braid. The metallic braid is thereby secured with a portion thereof in trailing contact with a surface of the generator shaft. Provision is made for holding a substantial free end of the metallic braid ready for use but secure from accidental contact with adjacent objects. The free end may be employed for contact with the shaft by reversing the braid or may serve as a supply of braid which may be fed between the clamping faces. The compound lever is quickly openable and closeable to reduce any risk to workers servicing the metallic braid in close proximity to the rapidly rotating generator shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1984
    Date of Patent: May 28, 1985
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: James B. Archibald, James V. Eats
  • Patent number: 4488072
    Abstract: A terminal plate is permanently affixed to a stator frame below the connector rings. High-voltage bushings are installed in the terminal plate at the user's site. Conducting bars are employed between each connector ring and its respective high-voltage bushing. Each conducting bar terminates at a short tangential distance from a connecting portion of its related high-voltage bushing. Domed flexible straps interconnect the conducting bars with the high-voltage bushings, the domed portions of the straps oriented to absorb relative motion engendered by tangential forces on the stator core and connector rings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 1983
    Date of Patent: December 11, 1984
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: James B. Archibald, Frederick J. Rink, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4352034
    Abstract: A stator core for a dynamoelectric machine comprises a plurality of coaxially aligned annular module sections with axial cooling passages therethrough. The modules are spaced apart and fluid coupling means are disposed between the aligned axial passages in adjacent modules in a selective fashion to provide cooling flow paths which are both axially and radially directed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1980
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1982
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Barry L. Karhan, James B. Archibald
  • Patent number: 4330726
    Abstract: A stator for a dynamoelectric machine preferably comprises a stack of modular sections, each modular section comprising an outer metallic cylinder formed from a plurality of metallic laminations arranged in a plurality of layers. Furthermore, the stator module comprises an inner nonmetallic cylinder formed from nonmetallic laminations having inwardly projecting teeth so as to define a plurality of slots along the inner circumference of the modular sections, the nonmetallic laminations being adhesively bonded to the outer metallic laminations. The stator modules of the present invention may be incorporated either in a conventional air-gap winding generator or employed in a superconducting rotor generator exhibiting high magnetic flux in the air-gap region between the rotor and the stator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1980
    Date of Patent: May 18, 1982
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Donald R. Albright, Henry F. Sage, James B. Archibald
  • Patent number: 4317952
    Abstract: Terminal boxes for large dynamoelectric machines provide a housing for high voltage terminal bushings which connect the dynamoelectric machine with a power grid. The stray flux from the terminal bushings induces eddy and circulating currents in the terminal box walls and consequent heating of the walls. To limit wall temperatures water is circulated through sealed flow channels fabricated to the terminal box walls and in series with the terminal bushings flow circuit. A preferred wall construction comprises an outer wall of stainless steel clad carbon steel and an inner wall of stainless steel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 1978
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1982
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Anthony F. Armor, James B. Archibald, David A. Noel
  • Patent number: 4208599
    Abstract: An integral nozzle-shield assembly for a gas-cooled dynamoelectric machine such as a large turbine-driven generator is described. The nozzle-shield assembly is formed of a non-conductive, non-magnetic material such as molded fiberglass and resin and serves to channel hydrogen gas between a heat exchanger and a rotor-mounted fan used to pump the gas through coolant passages in the dynamoelectric machine, and the assembly also provides a labyrinth seal over the fan blade tips. In one embodiment, the nozzle-shield assembly includes two 180-degree halves whose thickness varies circumferentially and which may be installed in a generator by bolting their outer edges to a stator frame member of the generator and bolting the halves together at the two radial joints between halves using flat metal plate connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1978
    Date of Patent: June 17, 1980
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Anthony F. Armor, William L. Darby, James B. Archibald, Frank R. Landrio
  • Patent number: 4078471
    Abstract: A fastening device is provided which is suitable for holding large structural members in firm sealing engagement and in alignment with respect to each other and which can be easily placed in assembled position even when it must be employed in a confined area which is difficult of access. The fastening device includes a bolt having threaded portions at each end and an intermediate body portion. The threaded portions are of different pitch to insure insertion in the proper direction. The body portion is formed to include a shank having a shoulder near one end and a relatively wide groove at the other end. A snap ring is placed in the groove. Alternating male and female rings, having abutting tapered edges, are positioned between the shoulder and the snap ring and are parts of the body portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 1977
    Date of Patent: March 14, 1978
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: James B. Archibald, Reuben Weinstein
  • Patent number: 4039872
    Abstract: A reverse flow cooled dynamoelectric machine is provided with guide vanes and a guide vane mounting assembly comprising means for mounting and positioning the guide vanes, and means for directing the flow of cooling gas from the fan to the cooler. A fan nozzle ring is attached to the machine stator. An outer vane support ring is fixed to the fan nozzle ring and is provided with a circumferentially extending dovetail recess along its inner face. An inner vane support ring is spaced radially inwardly from the outer support ring and is also provided with a dovetail recess along its inner face. A plurality of guide vanes having inner and outer dovetail end portions mating with the dovetail recesses of the inner and outer support rings are held in place by the support rings. An annular rub strip is disposed adjacent to the outer support ring and is fixed to the fan nozzle ring. The rub strip includes a serrated inner face which, with the tips of the fan blades, produces a seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1976
    Date of Patent: August 2, 1977
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Anthony F. Armor, James B. Archibald, William L. Darby